Wellness Academy was founded in 2012 as a for-profit corporation for hosting ACSM workshops and certification exams in Korea. The founder is Dr. Kee-Chan Joo, who had been hosting ACSM workshops and certification for several years before establishing Wellness Academy. He also translated exams for Certified Personal Trainer, Cancer Exercise Trainer, and Clinical Exercise Specialist (current CEP) into Korean. Wellness Academy and ACSM renewed their partnership in 2023 to host ACSM education and credentialing more systematically in Korea.
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The ACSM-Korea Credentialed Personal Fitness Trainer certificate is designed for fitness professionals who have a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent and intend to work with apparently healthy individuals and those with stable health challenges to enhance fitness in Korea. By the end of the course, credential holders will be knowledgeable in conducting initial client consultations and assessments, developing and implementing exercise programming, and understanding exercise leadership, client education, as well as Korean professional and legal responsibilities.
The ACSM-Korea Credentialed Exercise Physiologist certificate is intended for fitness professionals with a minimum of a bachelor's degree in exercise science, who are qualified to pursue careers in university, corporate, commercial, hospital, and community settings. Exercise Physiologists not only conduct complete physical assessments but also interpret the results to prescribe appropriate and personalized exercise programs for a wide range of clients, including athletes and those with controlled diseases.
The ACSM-Korea Credentialed Clinical Exercise Physiologist certificate is designed for participants who possess a master's degree in clinical exercise science, exercise physiology, or a related field, and have completed 600 hours of clinical experience. It is also open to qualified healthcare professionals. The course focuses on utilizing prescribed exercise, implementing basic health behavior interventions, and promoting physical activity for individuals with chronic diseases or conditions. This includes individuals with cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, orthopedic, musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, neoplastic, immunologic, and hematologic diseases. Additionally, the course provides primary and secondary prevention strategies aimed at improving, maintaining, or attenuating declines in fitness and health across various populations, ranging from children to older adults.
Those who successfully complete the Wellness Academy training may work as an exercise professional in Korea. Exercise professionals must follow all government regulations and requirements to practice in Korea.
Fitness professionals who seek international portability must complete the following:
All candidates must purchase the ACSM exam vouchers directly from Wellness Academy. Wellness Academy workshops are optional. Wellness Academy performance assessments must by scheduled with Wellness Academy staff. Pricing and availability may vary. Contact Wellness Academy for further information: firstname.lastname@example.org, 82-2-588-8622, or 82-10-5277-3994